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Premier League

  • 17 September 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 32510

Everton - Newcastle Preview: Both sides looking to get back to winning ways in race for Europe

The Merseyside outfit will be hoping to bounce back from defeat to West Brom before the international break whilst Alan Pardew must contend with a growing injury list



Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines

Naismith, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar

Anita, Coloccini, S.Taylor, Santon

Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez
Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba

David Moyes has a full strength squad to choose from for this home fixture, with both Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar returning after short spells out.

The Scot will be bidding to get his side back to winning ways after a sloppy 2-0 defeat away at West Brom before the international break.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, though, faces a mini injury crisis already, just a matter of weeks into the new league season. Danny Simpson limped out of the club's 1-1 draw last weekend with Aston Villa at home with a hamstring injury, meaning the versatile Vurnon Anita moved to right-back in his place.

Ryan Taylor remains a long-term concern having suffered a cruciate ligament injury during the Europa League clash against Atromitos, while both Sammy and Shola Ameobi look set to miss out with hamstring injuries.

Tim Krul should recover in time from an elbow injury sustained while on duty with Holland and Fabricio Coloccini should return from his own hamstring injury. A late fitness check with also be run on influential midfielder Cheikh Tiote, after being ruled out recently with a groin strain.

  • Everton emerged victorious in this very same fixture back in May of last season, winning 3-1, with Johnny Heitinga, Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic among the goals.
  • The starting XI which played in Everton's last league fixture against West Brom had 315 internation caps between them.
  • By comparison, Alan Pardew's starting eleven against Aston Villa had just 124 international appearances between them.
  • Jelavic (pictured right) now has ten goals from his first 16 league outings in England and 40 goals in 61 games in Britain.
  • Newcastle have failed to keep a clean sheet in their opening three league games.
  • Demba Ba has scored just one goal while playing alongside compatriot Papiss Cisse at club level.
  • The Magpies have averaged 52 per cent possession in the league so far this term.


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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
18Phil NevilleDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
11Kevin MirallasStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
34Shane DuffyDefender
14Steven NaismithStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
3Davide SantonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
27Steven TaylorDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
22Sylvain MarveauxMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
34James TavernierDefender
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
20Gael BigirimanaMidfielder
19Demba BaStriker
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
Players to Watch
Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
All eyes will be on the giant Belgian international after two dominant performances in the games against Manchester United and Aston Villa were followed by an indifferent one in the defeat to West Brom.

Fellaini has admitted his desire to move to a new club at the end of the season, but must prove he has the consistency to be a threat at the top level.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Ben Arfa is so often at the heart of everything good about the side's attacking work. The Frenchman possesses the ability to change a game in an instant and will be asked to drift between the lines of Everton's midfield and back four in an attempt to cause havoc.
David Moyes' side have looked in fine form so far this season, while Newcastle have started a lot slower. On home soil and in front of their own fans, the Toffees will be looking to impress and get back to their fluid best and they may have just a little bit too much in both penalty areas for Alan Pardew's charges, particularly with all the injuries that the visitors will have to contend with going into the game.
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